Section 1. The fees of justices of the peace shall be as follows:

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws ch. 262 sec. 1

  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.

For a subpoena for one or more witnesses, ten cents.

For taking a deposition, fifty cents; for writing the deposition and caption, at the rate of twelve cents a page; for notice to the adverse party, twenty cents. The justice shall certify his fees and the deponent’s fees on the deposition.

For administering an oath required by law, except on a trial or examination before him, to one or more persons at one time, twenty-five cents.

For the acknowledgment of a deed by one or more grantors, if taken at one time, twenty-five cents.

For taking a deposition to perpetuate testimony, each justice shall be entitled to the fees prescribed for all services which are personally rendered by him.